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The Dog Trick (2002)

Hundtricket - The Movie (original title)
A shy but very romantic young man tries to meet a girl by walking a borrowed dog. The trick works unbelievably well. They fall in love.
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Simon
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Mia
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Micke
Ivan Nikcevic ...
Mario
Kjell Bergqvist ...
Teacher
Roger Zapfe ...
Bouncer
Dag Finn ...
Himself
Meral Tasbas ...
Herself
Malin Hortell ...
Linda
Tina Harbom ...
Emma
Pontus Gårdinger ...
Himself
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Bella
Sara Lewerth ...
Sanna
Inga Ocklind ...
Old lady in park
Lamine Dieng ...
Taxi driver
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Simon dreams of finding his one true love. Until then, he spends most of his time watching sloppy tearjerkers on video. He also shies away from the shallow young women that he and his friends Micke and Mario meet at bars. But Micke suggests one thing that is a guaranteed babe-magnet: taking a dog out for walks. It's an instant success for Simon, he meets the delightful Mia who immediately takes a liking to him. But things are not always what they may look like. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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How Can You Live With Yourself
Performed by Kristofer Åström
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Universal Music Publishing AB/MCA Music Scandinavia AB
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Decent
25 November 2004 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Romantic comedies are not the best genre in Swedish cinema in my opinion. Often the comedy borders on desperation, and most of the time there is bit too much bitterness in the blend for my tastes. This is a more fresh take on the genre, and a comedy that is unusually "light" compared to most Swedish outings.

This movie is about three friends in Stockholm. It mostly centers around the shy Simon who is longing for love. From his more straight-forward friend Micke he gets the tip to use a dog to catch the ladies (hence the title "Hundricket" which means "the dog trick"). This works almost immediately and Simon meets Mia. Soon though it becomes obvious that everything is not what it seems.

I thought this movie was quite funny when i watched it with a friend. It is not THAT much of a "chick-flick", i think most guys will also have quite a bit of fun with it. On the upside are a couple of truly hilarious scenes, on the downside is a story that seems fit to last for about 30 minutes (not the 106 minute running-time). Also the acting is not really top-notch. But that doesn't really distract too much since i think most of the actors were well picked and seem at ease in their parts.

So, this is not movie of the year and it's not hilarity defined. But it is rather entertaining and it's not as contrived as most other Swedish films. Which in itself is worth another notch in the rating. I rate it 5/10.


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